The commands of Christ are a counter to the Judaistic law and are meant to express the Spirit and not really meant to be taken as laws. He was exampling how the Spirit works, because he was to become the Spirit, not intending to set up new “commandments”.
“The one who loves me is the one who will keep my commandments”. Love for Jesus, love for the Spirit, love for righteousness will ensure that the right outcome results, not because of a list of commands, but because of a new heart governed by a new Spirit. A new motivation, a new WILL. A new nature. (The divine nature).
The obedience is to love, to the Spirit and by the Spirit. It is not obedience to a set of commands whether recorded by writing or passed on as oral or any other means. Obedience now is to the living Spirit of the living God, who communicates on a moment by moment basis. This is why Christ died and also rose, and there is no comparison to be made with the OT form of “commandments”, whether they be Moses’s or Christ’s. [NT]
Jesus, speaking by the Spirit, authored the words quoted as his commands. There is no intent to show that disobeying what he said is “allowable”, but is intended to reveal the motivational difference which is in play in these as if being a portrayal of futuristic “commands” that are conveyed by the Spirit. But they are no longer in “command” format in the manner of the old covenant. And Jesus said, you are my friends if you do what I command you. But this just goes to show the shift in the relationship which has occurred with the completion of his mission. Similar to “Abba, Father”, the relationship is now centred on love. Jews would never dare to call God “Father” and certainly not “daddy”. (Catholics on the other hand, even dare to call themselves “Father”). [Jews did have “Father Abraham”].
The one who outwardly LOVES is the one who is actually “doing his commands”, because love itself is the fulfilment of the law (and the intention of the command). “Make love your aim”. Any other aim is off the target. God is love, love is of God. Live a life of love. The one who is doing God’s will is the one who will not be breaking commands, unless they fall within the realm of the outdated and outmoded, pedantic realm of the old covenant. (Don’t eat pork).
There are examples in the NT of the Spirit, of Jesus, giving instructions, yes, “commands” if you like, but as an expression of love in a way nothing of the OT could reveal. The greatest command was to LOVE, because this is the very nature of God, and to love is to be doing his will, following his Spirit. [the Spirit of love].
THE ONE WHO LOVES HAS FULFILLED THE LAW. not, ‘the one who obeys a command is operating out of love’. There were many who obeyed commands, and many still do, but it is completely beside the point, it is not the point at all. God wants people to serve him from a new heart, not just going through the motions. Even Paul claimed to have obeyed the law, and he was a self confessed murderer of Christians. To shift this function now from the OT to the NT and replace Moses with Jesus, misses the point totally.
One who loves will obey, will follow directives. NOT that the one who obeys is the one who is loving, NOT that obeying commands is the fulfilment of God’s will. The law as such “has been abolished”. Obeying the Spirit is the requirement, the living Spirit of Jesus. And also If you deny this living indwelling Spirit even exists, then all talk of “obeying the commands of Christ” is meaningless and futile, since his intention is to now communicate with you directly via His Spirit, and no longer indirectly by the written word. The Spirit of the law giver, the commandment giver, is now with us to lead and guide us, and provide us with ongoing life. Don’t be misled, don’t miss out.
[In fact, to emphasise the “commands of Christ” is just another red herring to deny He who Himself IS the Spirit, by emphasising the past written NT record over the present reality and fact of the risen and presently manifesting indwelling Jesus, and also to prolong the agony and curse of the law]. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
POSTSCRIPT [[[If you do not believe in the indwelling supernatural Spirit of Christ, then you are no longer in a position to receive any “commands” from God at all, since they now come through the Spirit and not through “the written word”. In the OT, where it says “the word of the Lord came to….” it is not talking about the written word, but the living word from the Spirit of God. Similarly, where it says “My words to you are Spirit and are life” it is talking about the living word as given and received at the time, not words written in some historical book, even if it is “The Holy Bible”.]]] Apologies for the hyperbole. (And to those who may have added their “likes” before this postscript was added.)
PPS If you choose to remain with the old telephone system and don’t move on into the new telephone system, then eventually all you will receive will be the unintelligible noise of ‘static’.